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Loomis Chaffee Campus News: Michelle Bernard Talks Politics

by Michelle D. Bernard

Michelle Bernard Talks Politics
Posted 10/12/2012 04:45PM

Michelle Bernard, political and legal analyst, author, and CEO of the Bernard Center for Women, Politics & Public Policy, captivated the LC community Friday afternoon with her perspective on the upcoming election and state of politics in the U.S. She spoke to students and faculty about the game of politics and how it has evolved over the last four years. “Politics is getting nastier and nastier,” she cautioned. Constant fighting between the democrats and the republicans has shifted the focus of elected officials to the destruction of the rival party and away from helping people and communities in real need.

Bernard spent time discussing one such community, Berry Farms, in Washington D.C. The community is populated primarily by women - the great majority of whom live below the poverty line, have no access to grocery stores, and no modes of transportation. She told listeners how a resident once said, “I’ve heard stories of women who kill their babies - and I can understand why they do it.” Bernard warned the audience that while the presidential candidates fight for the middle class, there are groups of underprivileged citizens, like the residents of Berry Farms, in desperate need of help.

In response to one student’s question, Bernard explained that the bipartisan political system works in name only. She argued that we need elected officials to do what is best for the country and not what is best for their respective parties. Bernard believes that strict term limits are one way to accomplish this. She proposes one-term restrictions, with no option for reelection. Under this model the president would serve one eight-year term, a senator would serve one six-year term, and a congressman would serve one two-year term. This format would allow elected officials to make decisions and do their job without worrying about reelection and fundraising.

Bernard’s advice to the students: Be informed. She encouraged students to read and watch everything. Understanding all sides of an issue and argument is essential to informed citizenship and good decision-making.

Ms. Bernard will be featured as one of the headliners for the CT Forum’s State of Women 2012 event tonight at 8 p.m. in the Bushnell Auditorium, www.ctforum.org.

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Honoring Nancy Pelosi’s 25th Year In Congress

by Michelle D. Bernard

WEDNESDAY JUNE 6, 2012
11:30AM – DOORS OPEN
12:15PM – PROGRAM BEGINS
SEWALL-BELMONT HOUSE & MUSEUM
144 CONSTITUTION AVENUE NE, WASHINGTON, DC 20002

Rachel Maddow, host of “The Rachel Maddow Show” on MSNBC, will speak with Leader Pelosi about her experiences and achievements throughout her notable career.

Special remarks by Michelle D. Bernard, chairman, founder, president and CEO of the Bernard Center for Women, Politics & Public Policy and on the Board of Directors at the National Women’s History Museum.

For more information and to purchase tickets click here

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The Struggle Continues: Parents and Families Education Equality Now Rally

by Michelle D. Bernard

Time:
March 14, 2012
3:00 PM

Place:
Connecticut State Capitol,
Hartford, Connecticut

SPEAKERS:

Michelle D. Bernard
Bernard Center for Women,
Politics & Public Policy

Michelle Rhee
Founder and CEO,
Students First

Kelley Williams-Bolar
School Choice Advocate and
Ohio Parents Union

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The Struggle Continues: School Choice and Education Equality Forum

by Michelle D. Bernard

Time:
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Place:
Grace Lutheran Church
46 Woodland Street
Hartford, CT 06105

SPEAKERS:

Michelle D. Bernard
Bernard Center for Women,
Politics & Public Policy

Gwen Samuel
Connecticut Parents Union

Kelley Williams-Bolar
School Choice Advocate and
Ohio Parents Union

Faith Leaders, Connecticut
Lawmakers, and Parents

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Education Equality Now! Cleveland

by Michelle D. Bernard

Part 1


Part 2

February 26, 2012 at 4:00 p.m.

Trinity Outreach Ministries
Church of God In Christ
12002 Ashbury Road
Cleveland, Ohio 44106

SPEAKERS
Michelle D. Bernard
Bernard Center for Women,
Politics & Public Policy

Pastor Andrew D. Clark, Sr.
Trinity Outreach Ministries C.O.G.I.C

Kelley Williams-Bolar
Ohio Parents Union

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Kelley Williams-Bolar Joins Michelle Bernard for Education Equality Rally in Cleveland

by Michelle D. Bernard


For Immediate Release
February 22, 2012

Contact:
Christina Jamison-Mozaffari
cjamison@bernardcenter.org
(301) 807-5868

Kelley Williams-Bolar Joins Michelle Bernard for Education Equality Rally in Cleveland

Cleveland, OH: Kelley Williams-Bolar, the Ohio mother who was arrested for “stealing education” and now heads the Ohio Parents Union, will join Michelle Bernard, President and CEO of the Bernard Center for Women, Politics and Public Policy and Pastor Andrew D. Clark Sr. of Trinity Outreach Ministries to rally parents and their children this Sunday, February 22, to become foot soldiers for school choice at an Education Equality rally in Cleveland.

“As we approach the end of Black History Month, it’s important to remember that our civil rights struggle continues,” said Bernard.  “Education equality is the key to raising all children out of poverty and making sure that our future is brighter than the darkest days of our past.”

“We are thrilled to have Kelley Williams-Bolar share the story of her fight for educational equality for her children,” Bernard continued.  “And hosting this event at Trinity Outreach Ministries, where they do so much important work to support their community and the fight for education in Cleveland is an honor.”

Kelley Williams-Bolar served 9 days in jail for “stealing education” in January 2011.  Her “crime” was enrolling her children in a safer school district than the one in which she resided.  Now, Williams-Bolar heads up the Ohio Parents Union, modeled after the Parent Trigger that was started in California.

Ohio is embracing school choice.  The state has provided school choice options since 1995 and has pending legislation to expand some programs.  There are currently 368 full-time charter schools and 27 full-time online charter school programs.  Last January, Governor John Kasich issued a resolution designating January 22nd-28th School Choice Week in Ohio.

Who: Michelle Bernard, President and CEO of the Bernard Center for Women, Politics and Public Policy; Pastor Andrew D. Clark, Sr., Trinity Outreach Ministries; and Kelley Williams-Bolar, Ohio Parents Union

What: Education Equality Now School Choice Rally

When: Sunday, February 26th, 2012 at 4:00pm

Where: Trinity Outreach Ministries, 12002 Ashbury Rd, Cleveland

The Bernard Center for Women, Politics & Public Policy is a research and educational institution—a think tank— whose mission is to fundamentally change the terms of the nation’s most critical domestic and foreign policy debates and challenge the American public, policymakers, and the media to discuss those issues.  For more information, please visit www.bernardcenter.org.

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The Struggle Continues…Awareness Worship Service Campaign for Education Equality

by Michelle D. Bernard

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February 26, 2012 at 4:00 p.m.

Trinity Outreach Ministries
Church of God In Christ
12002 Ashbury Road
Cleveland, Ohio 44106


SPEAKERS

Michelle D. Bernard
Bernard Center for Women,
Politics & Public Policy

Pastor Andrew D. Clark, Sr.
Trinity Outreach Ministries C.O.G.I.C

Kelley Williams-Bolar
Ohio Parents Union

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Reflections On The 2012 Presidential Election

by Michelle D. Bernard


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Reflections On The 2012 Presidential Election

Moderated by Michelle D. Bernard,  President of the Bernard Center for Women, Politics and Public Policy and MSNBC Political Analyst

February 20, 2012 | Book Signing and Q&A Session from 10:30 am to 12 pm | Lunch from 12 pm to 12:55 pm | 2012: Capitalism on Trial? from 1 pm to 2:30 pm

LOCATION

Johns Hopkins University, Montgomery County Campus

SPEAKER

Chris Matthews, Host of Hardball with Chris Matthews

SPONSORED BY

The Bernard Center for Women, Politics and Public Policy

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